Woodstock 50 Is Back On as Judge Nixes Cancellation Bid

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Woodstock 40th anniversary celebration in 2009

Manhattan judge Barry Ostrager declined Wednesday to order the backers to put about $18 million back into the festival. The conflict is poised for arbitration.

The Woodstock 50 festival is back on after a judge on Wednesday said an ex-investor can't singlehandedly cancel the anniversary extravaganza.

But Manhattan judge Barry Ostrager declined to order the backers to put about $18 million back into the festival. The conflict is poised for arbitration.

The order came after a falling-out and dueling claims about whether the fest would happen. It is set to take place in August in central New York.

Investor Amplifi Live announced a cancellation on April 29. The company, part of Japanese marketing firm Dentsu, said organizers made a mess of planning and the event couldn't safely go forward.

Organizers' group Woodstock 50 LLC retorted that the show was a go but said Amplifi was undermining it and had snatched $18 million in funds. Amplifi said it reclaimed its own money.